Problems with the Presidential Elections in United States

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"The method of choosing the president proved to be But one of many vexing problems for the fifty-five men who assembled in Philadelphia in May 1887" (Euchner, and Maltese 2). Our forefathers were faced with many hard decisions that would have repercussions for the next two centuries. One of the most perplexing problems facing them was the question of how to elect a president. They had to choose from three main systems: elect the president by congress, the people, or electors. There was much debate over this topic in the constitutional convention until eventually the Electoral College system was chosen to elect our president. The Electoral College system has been in place for over 200 years and most Americans are still not sure how it works or if it is the best system. With the 2000 presidential election it became very clear that most US citizens have little understanding of how our president is chosen. The Electoral College is just barely surviving and is under more and more attack all the time. This paper will discuss the presidential election process, its pros and cons, legal aspects, and propose an idea that would improve our current system so it better reflects the will of the people. It is generally a generally accepted fact that our forefathers felt the best system of electing the president was to allow congress do it. However, if congress was to elect the president, then the president might feel obliged to help congress pass certain laws by not vetoing them. Not only would this would seriously undermine the system of checks and balances already established by the constitutional convention, but it could also open to flood gates for corruption within the US political system. This was the main reason that the delegates... ... middle of paper ... ...tra votes for their senators. Each candidate would receive a point for each state in which he has a majority of the votes. This match would be awarded to whomever won the most states. The last match would be determined by giving every state one vote, whomever gets the most votes wins the final match. At this point, one candidate must have more matches than his opponent. That candidate who wins at least two out of the three matches becomes the president. I am not even going to pretend to say that this is the answer to all of the United States election problems. I will say however, that it seems to me to be the most logical plan to elect a president. Although there may be some flaws in my plan, with time and revision, I am sure that it would surpass any plan that has been tried in the past. It may not be the best, but it is definantly better than the rest!

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